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The Ting Tings and Santogold @ The Wiltern on 10/14

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While The Ting Tings were headlining the Wiltern Tuesday night, LAist left the multi-act show being mesmerized by Santogold, the funky lady-pro from Philly who stole the show.

Three preceding acts were all in enjoyable in their own right: LA-based Low v. Diamond, who were definitely worth showing up early for; Alice White, whose soulful croonings stirred the growing cattle crowd; and indie-pop’s married twosome, Mates of State.

But after these great opening acts, we were ready for Santogold. She stepped on stage and side-swiped the 2,500+ mass of revelers with a reggae-rock, beat-infused 14-song set that left the crowd begging for more. Affixed on either side of the stage, twin dancers dressed in gold gyrated in synch like disconnected Siamese twins while the DJ had us bobbing our heads to beat after heart-pounding beat like a tricked-out car that’s way louder than street legal. Surprising and refreshing, Miss Santi performed a hard-hitting cover of The Clash’s “Guns of Brixton” and there was simply nothing R&B about it as some reviews of her act would have you believe. The climax was her repetitious anthem “Unstoppable,” which was so affecting that the eclectic crowd couldn’t help but pump their fists in unison to their new call to arms. In a word…ahhhhhyeahhhh!